Fiona Daniel is one of Manchester’s most exciting contemporary drummers. She has toured the world and recorded several albums with five signed acts, including The Whip and The Noisettes.
We’re thrilled that Fiona will be leading a brand new 1-to-1 drumming course as part of our Here Come the Grrrls programme, inspiring and celebrating female musicians. Here, she shares her top tips on making it happen in music.
“Airily cool, futuristic and rough and punky” – iDJ
1) Never say no when offered a gig or an opportunity to perform. Even if you think you’re not ready or that it might not be quite right for you, don’t pass up a chance to be seen. Be brave. There’s been many times when I’ve been offered work I thought I might not be able to do or be good enough to do, but I said yes anyway and it turned out to be ace. I think it’s always best to try to make things work and be seen.
2) Change things up. Let your music evolve and don’t let current trends hinder you. You might be on the cusp of the next big thing. Originality makes you stand out from the crowd.
3) Get your dues. If you are trying to make a living from music then make sure you’re getting paid what you should be – don’t be fobbed off with empty promises. If the people you’re working for are getting paid, you should be too. I’ve seen too many quality musicians settle for payment in beer and cigs and that ain’t right!
4) Contracts aren’t such a bad thing, they’re there to protect everyone. If it gets to the point where you’re signing contracts with management or a label, get a good lawyer and have them checked. It can sting you later if the right agreements aren’t made early on.
5) PRACTICE – if you don’t you won’t get better.
A big thanks to Fiona for taking the time to share her top tips with us.